Entering 6th Grade Literacy
Welcome to the Literacy Virtual Learning University page! We’re so glad you’re here! Below are some activities to challenge and keep you learning throughout the summer. If you are unable to complete the challenges below for any reason, feel free to adjust the activity to meet your learner's specific needs. Happy Learning!
Challenge 1: Get a Hold of a Good Book and READ!
Pick a book, or two or three, from the Summer Reading Suggestions. Visit the library to check out new books and read! Keep returning to the library all summer to read, read, and read some more!! You can keep a tally or list of the books you read throughout the summer.
Challenge 2: Random Notes of Kindness
Research shows that positive brains have an advantage over brains that are neutral or negative. Focusing on positivity can improve your happiness and overall engagement. With this in mind, write a quick note to a family member, friend, neighbor, or someone in your community that shares a compliment, positive quote, or how they bring happiness to your life. Keep a tally of the number of people you spread kindness to throughout the summer.
Challenge 3: Parody Play
Songs are powerful tools. After reading a book of your choice, create a song that summarizes or explains the plot or key points of the book. You could model it after an existing melody of your choice (ie. Old MacDonald, Star Spangled Banner, or Shake it Off) or create an original tune for your lyrics. Consider recording your song for others to enjoy!
Challenge 4: #Hashtagchallenge
After reading a book of your choice, create a collection of hashtags that would encourage others to read that text. If you have a social media account, tweet about it.
Examples: #ifyoulikemysteries #whodoneit #surpriseending
Challenge 5: Choose Your Own Adventure
Read an adventure book with a clear plot such as The Land of Stories series, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Series of Unfortunate Events series, City of Ember series, or The Harry Potter series, etc. Invent a board game based on the plot.
Challenge 6: Sights and Sounds
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you're surrounded by brilliant shades of green! Observe and collect sensory images from nature and use the sights, sounds, smells, and textures to create original nature poetry.
Challenge 7: Explore Your Local Libraries
Libraries are unique to the community around them. They try to create programing and activities that match the needs of the population they serve. Ask a grown up to take you to as many local libraries as you can to explore a variety of free activities. Consider attending a summer class or registering to participate in the summer reading program.
Local Libraries to visit:
- Schaumburg Public Library
- Elk Grove Village Public Library
- Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin
- Palatine Public Library
- Barrington Public Library
- Indian Trails Library in Wheeling
- Roselle Public Library
- Wheaton Public Library
- Elmhurst Public Library
- Batavia Public Library
- St. Charles Public Library
- Oak Park Public Library
- Bloomingdale Public Library
Challenge 8: Food for Thought
After going out to eat with your family, write a review about your experience at the restaurant. You may write about the food you ordered, the service you received or the environment. Consider offering suggestions to improve your experience. Are there any new items you’d like to see added to their menu? What was your favorite part of the experience? Would you return? Why or why not?
Challenge 9: Screen-Free Challenge
Here’s your challenge if you choose to accept it... Give up digital entertainment for an entire day or even a week! Challenge yourself to say no to TVs, computers, tablets, cell phones, and video games! To help yourself succeed, tell your family members about your challenge and invite them to participate. You can hide your devices or even hang a “Don’t Turn Me On” sign on your TV. For a bonus, keep a journal of how you feel during your screen-free day or week. What is it like to be screen-free? How long will your family survive this screen-free challenge?!
Challenge 10: Inspire Change
Create an original billboard including an inspirational phrase that highlights a person or character from a fictional or informational text you read. Think about character traits, actions, words, thoughts, to help you create your billboard.